1988 Volkswagen Polo C 1.0 from UK and Ireland
Mint first car... great if your saving up for a golf :D
Replaced fan belt at 47,000 miles.
Cuts out at junctions etc on cold days.
Bodywork in bad condition, resprayed front panels and roof of the car.
Handbrake sometimes stiff and sticks.
The car doesn't really have much acceleration, but I don't really expect this with it only being a 1.0l. Once up to speed it is a nippy little runner and will easily do 85 to 90mph on the motorway.
Trying to get away from junctions quickly is a pain and you really have to throttle it...
I have put a new sound system and CD head unit in... extra speakers in the parcel shelf and driver and passenger doors... well worth the effort...
Only real complaint I have is the brakes... they only being to grip when the pedal is almost full pressed... when driving newer cars pressing the pedal in the same manner would probably produce and emergency stop...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st September, 2005
Have you tried replacing the brake fluid, and/ or checked the level? As brake fluid is hygroscopic it absorbs moisture through microscopic holes in the brake lines etc over time. This can give a soft pedal as the brake fluid effectively boils reducing brake efficiency. Also try bleeding the brake system of any air, or have the vaccuum checked on the brake system. A simple way to do this is to pump the pedal several times with the engine off. With you foot on the pedal start the engine. If the pedal drops slightly it is fine.
The recommended actions above are worth doing, but all Polo's of this era are notorious for their poor brakes.